Brooklyn Nets forced to lockdown the Barclay's Center after protesters clash over Kyrie Irving

NBA star Kyrie Irving refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine which ultimately led to being side-lined by the Brooklyn Nets. The NBA mandates players be vaccinated since they come in such contact with each other while playing.

"Given the evolving nature of the situation and after thorough deliberation, we have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant," Nets general manager Sean Marks said earlier this month. "Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently, his choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability."

Appearing outside of the stadium, anti-vaccine protesters got so violent that the Barclay's Center had to be momentarily closed.

It began peacefully with chants like "Let Kyrie play!" but progressed with protesters breaking through the barricades and rushing the building.

The Nets lost their game Sunday evening.

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